Posted on May, 12. 2010 Category pertaining to alice Tags
I knew she would come on Sunday.
Dave and I are so in love with her. I think she is so beautiful.
Photo by Nick
What a story we have to tell you!
Posted on May, 07. 2010 Category questions from you Tags
I’m almost–not quite–caught up with bridal orders until July. I thought I’d use my extra free time to relax and do nothing but I’ve been having so much fun working on new projects. I love it, and it reminds me why I became my own boss. There is so much progress happening at CAMP–insulation and walls are going up, floors are being finished, and we’re installing a really special glass picture window that lets everyone peek inside. I’m having visions of fulfilling my fantasy as a window dresser! We will have the best displays.
Q: Tell us more about the items in Alice’s room! Iâ€™m curious about die Kinder BÃ¼cher & if they came from Amazon.de or elsewhere. (from Karli)
A: In the next few days as we finish her nursery I’ll take better pictures of the room. It’s very cute. Until then I just have these little snippets:
1. Queen Buzzy Bee vintage pull toy–this was given to me by my mom. Her wings flap and antennae bounce as she moves!
2. Mad Scientist Alphabet Blocks–each block has a different letter and a detailed illustration. ‘T’ is for tentacles, ‘K’ is for Potassium, etc…
3. Wee Gallery Birdy Banner from Blik.
4. Black sheep on a vintage green plush rocking chair. I love it because it’s very low to the ground and I fit in it!
5. Vintage and new books given to us by friends. I write the giver’s name and date on the inside of each jacket, something my mom did with my books as a baby. Every time I read them, I could think of the person who gave them to me. The German books were gifts as well.
6. A vintage dresser holds onesies and ruffly diaper covers–love the glass knobs.
7. Alice’s curtains are canvas shower curtains from Target (cheaper than other window treatments and so cute) with rhinestone rings by Shabby Chic for Target.
8. A canvas Shinzi Katoh tote bag will be awesome for when we go out and easy to wash.
9. A Sleep Sheep attatched to the side of Alice’s little gray fold-up crib (by Bloom).
Q: Would you ever move out of Omaha? And if so, where? (from Kristi)
A: I will never move out of Omaha. But when I make sick money I am buying a home in Berlin.
Q: Where do you purchase your buttons? I buy the ones they make for scrapping but I like one-of-a-kinds… I have tried the antique stores but seems to be a hard thing to find… (from Susan)
A: I hate to say it, but antique stores! I used to get most of mine from eBay, but I really can’t beat antique stores for the best ones. Look for booths with a lot of needlework, linens, quilts, crocheted things–sometimes there is a little box or basket hidden where you can find some vintage button cards. That’s my strategy. Also, I have YEARS of them saved up–I’ve never really come upon a jackpot of hundreds of buttons. It’s just picking through what’s available here and there.
Q: Did you ever struggle with feelings of fear, that you don’t belong here? I never considered myself creative before planning my wedding, and now I’m feeling a little inadequate, or maybe just out of place. (from Lauren)
A: I think I have always felt secure as an artistic person because my parents raised me believing that I was creative! My advice about that is not to compare yourself to others, but to visualize yourself in a vacuum. If you were never influenced by anyone else, if there was no one to impress, if there were no other artists or designers to make you feel inadequate, what could you create? There would be no limits
Q: What are you doing (reading, buying, etc.) to prepare for Alice? How/Where do you find all your fabulous non-maternity type maternity clothing! As a small pregnant girl (I don’t fit into maternity clothing even though I’m 5.5 months pregnant & have a definite pregnant belly!) I’m dying to know. (from Tina)
A: Reading: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon, and Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. Buying: wrap carrier, Quinny Buzz stroller, cloth diaper service, tons of ruffled diaper covers. Clothing: Jersey dresses! Old Navy and Forever 21 are great for that. I never wore jeans because I don’t feel pretty in them.
Q:Do you choose Prof. Laserton’s wardrobe or does he? You two are both way stylish and I was wondering if that was your doing or if he enjoys getting dressed as much as you do? (from CJ)
A: I do not dress him–I don’t think I’d feel compatible with a man who needed to be dressed (although I am trying to get him to wear more cardigans and vests)! It was Dave’s great style that first drew me to him–I think it communicates security with one’s self, emotional maturity, confidence, and understanding of value–extremely attractive traits to me. His vegan lifestyle does limit his options (no wool, silk, leather, etc) but there are more and more cruelty-free menswear options. He loves Ben Sherman, Tom Ford, Penguin, and D&G and Diesel denim.
Posted on May, 06. 2010 Category in my closet out and about pertaining to alice Tags
Thanks everyone for your sweet feedback on my last post. It felt good to get that out there and it feels great to think of the love that’s coming this baby’s way! I am feeling more and more like she’ll be here on Mother’s Day (my birthday) this Sunday.
I really didn’t want her to be born then–I’m a little possessive of that day. The whole month, actually (I do celebrate a “birthday month”). But as my mom always reminds me, “‘YOUR’ days are OVER.” While laughing maniacally.
Yesterday, my friend Eric and I went to Jones Bros Cupcakes, the newest bakery in town. They did a hush-hush soft opening on Saturday and sold over 2,000 cupcakes!
My initial impressions were extremely positive–Jones Bros has that beautiful stark, minimalist architecture that I love so much, and they also used some of my favorite typefaces (Neutraface, Archer, and something that looks like Hand Writing Multu) in their branding. No detail was spared–the scalloped circle imagery was found on top of each cupcake, on all of the signage and paper products, and even the coffee stirrers and tabletops (which were obviously custom-cut).
I ordered cinnamon sugar, red velvet, chocolate, and carrot cupcakes and they were given to me in an adorable box. I also had a hot chocolate that came with a delicious, generously sized homemade marshmallow. The details!!
Eric and I were grateful to sit down with two of the Jones brothers themselves and talk to them about their branding and buildout process (since we are going through that right now with CAMP), and they also shared some wisdom about the bumps and setbacks they hit along the way. I was more surprised to learn that this is the Jones brothers’ first venture in the food industry, considering how well-thought-out the whole experience was.
I’m excited to go back to Jones Bros Cupcakes and try more from their menu. I can also see it being a great meeting place throughout the year as we plan events and parties!
Dress: Old Navy
Necklace: Subversive for Target
Bracelet: Forever 21
Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson
Sneaky cat: Turbo